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Child Care Strategy


Healthy Eating Goals

  • Increase intake of fruits and vegetables

  • Decrease intake of sodium

  • Decrease intake of added sugar

  • Decrease intake of saturated fat

Breastfeeding Goals:

  • Increase number of infants who continue to be fed breast milk while in child care

  • Increase duration of exclusive breastfeeding

Physical Activity Goals

  • Increase the quantity of physical activity opportunities for children in child care

  • Increase the quality of physical activity opportunities for children in child care

  • Development of age=appropriate motor skills

Because the majority of young children in Minnesota spend at least part of their day in care outside of their homes, child care settings provide an ideal environment to promote and support the development of healthy eating and physical activity habits. 

The child strategy is focused on promoting healthy eating, support for breastfeeding, and physical activity/active play in early care family homes and child care center. 

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Nutrition Education


The LANA Program (Learning About Nutrition through Activities) is a fun, effective, and hands-on approach to nutrition education. Kids play and learn at the same time, building the critical skills for making healthy eating choices. 


Learn Fruits and Vegetables for Kids: The Pumpkin

Physical Activity

Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for people of all ages. Since the majority of young children spend time in out-of-home care every day, child care providers and the opportunities they provide can have a strong influence on the physical activity habits, skills and preferences of the children in their care. 

Through training and technical assistance/coaching, child care providers will learn how to improve the quantity and quality of physical activity and movement opportunities for the children in their care. 

Since young children spend many hours in the child care setting, incorporating movement into the daily schedule can lead to physically active habits that persist into adulthood. 

Physical Activity   Approaches

  • Let's Move Child Care- Physical Activity and Screen Time

  • Tipping the Scales- Obesity Prevention & Physical Activity

  • I am Moving I am Learning Modules​​

    • Moving with the Brain in Mind​

    • Opportunity Knocks: Reversing Current Obesity Trends

    • Body Language

    • Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity


Research has shown that breastfeeding supports optimal growth and development for infants, and offers lifelong health advantages. Breastfeeding mothers who want to continue breastfeeding their infants while they are in child care face many barriers. A caregiver who is encouraging supportive of breastfeeding moms and knowledgeable about proper handling, storage and feeding of breast milk can make it possible for babies to continue to be fed breast milk when they are separated from their mothers. 

Through training and technical assistance/coaching, child care providers will be made aware of the health benefits of breastfeeding for babies. They can provide local and online resources for parents who need more assistance with breastfeeding and infant feeding. 

The physical child care environment will also reflect support for breastfeeding in carious ways, by providing an appropriate place for mothers to pump or nurse. 

Breastfeeding Support   Approaches

  • Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care Programs through Eager to Learn

  • Let's Move Child Care- Nutrition for All ages (includes nutrition, healthy beverages and infant feeding/breastfeeding)

  • Become a Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Program

  • Work with Aitkin County Public Health Staff who are Certified Lactation Specialists. 

Supporting Breastfeeding Moms


Early Care and Education Resources

Caring for Our Children

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Team Nutrition Preschool Booklist

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Let's Move! Child Care

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Choosy Kids

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Ellyn Satter Institute 

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Cooking Matters- Exploring Food Together

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Grow It, Like It, Try It!

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Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care

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Eat, Play, Grow!

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5-2-1-0 Goes to Child Care Toolkit

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Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings

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Farm to School & Early Care with Renewing the Countryside

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Minnesota Food Charter- Child Care Mini-Guide

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Farm to Child Care

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One Step at a Time- Helping Young Children be Active!

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Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition

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